For more than 30 years, a family of 4 has provided healthcare services to millions of people.
"When you help one person, and one person receives surgery, but they go home and their mom and dad's lives are changed their Uncles and Aunts and their Cousins, eventually you see that the whole village is impacted." said Susan Parker, Senior Chaplin of Africa Mercy.
Doctor Gary Parker, his wife Susan and their children, are proud to serve with Mercy Ships on the "Africa Mercy" -- the world's largest charity hospital ship.
It's a hospital on water founded in Lindale 40 years ago and since then, it's helped people in other countries that wouldn't have access to health services.
"It really boils down to kindness and everyone can give kindness it's free." Susan added.
Recently recognized for their volunteer work, the family received the Daily Point of Life Award. that award is given by "Points of Life" -- an organization founded by the late George H. W. Bush.
"It doesn't matter what your skill is or where you are geographically. If it's all dependent upon being on that ship, what happens when it's over, when I go home?"
It's still a mystery how they were chosen to be recipients but they know one thing is for sure:
"It isn't about “how important the work you're doing,” it's that you're looking every day to be kind and show compassion and reach a hand out."
In the words of president H. W. Bush,
"We are a nation of communities… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."